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The Girl From Everywhere by [Heilig, Heidi]
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It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question . . .

Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2725 KB
  • Print Length: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books; 01 edition (3 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015RG21NK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I went in with very small expectations because well it's under hyped and I got so much out of it!
Lets make a list shall we:
- Time Travel (done in a real cool way that didn't make my mind break trying to understand it)
- Mythology SO MANY MYTHS I have never even heard about and I loved them all
- A smartass love interest that reminded me of Alucard from AGOS but also was so unique too
- Family! Such a close knit family
- Pirates
- Hawaii
- Heists
- General theiving
- A TINY NECK DRAGON
- More mythical creatures

The Girl from Everywhere follows Nix around, daughter of the captain she travels with him and his crew in search of a map to take them to 1868 Hawaii and save her Mother from dying after giving birth to her, Nix learns along the way about the past, present, and wonders about cause and effect of time traveling.

While in Hawaii they run into some blackmailing and trouble.

Nix as a main character didn't amaze me but I definitely loved her, the cast is also diverse and my fave. The whole crew is such a close new team I wanted to jump on board and sail into the horizon with them.

This really could stand alone but I'm so interested to see what will happen in the next book!
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Sometimes poking around random GoodReads lists pays off big time. That’s certainly the case with this one – The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I grabbed the sample chapters from Amazon and knew right off it was one I’d lose myself in, and after I bought the full story, I found I was right.

A time-travelling pirate ship? Count me in right there. But there was so much more to love about this novel. Lost love, adventures through time, romance, action, myths brought to life, redemption. Plenty to keep you busy.

The story revolves around the Captain’s plot to get back to a certain date and place in history before his beloved wife died. He intends to bring back medicine that’ll help her survive, but Nix, the Captain’s daughter, isn’t sure what this’ll mean for her. Will she be erased from existence if the Captain gets his way?

Nix is a strong young woman, written as a believable and well developed, as were the main supporting characters. There’s a deep friendship with another character, Kashmir, which evolved naturally throughout the book without being overly romantic. He’s master thief, or has mastered the art of thievery, and was pulled from a fantasy map before the story began.

When Nix and the crew of The Temptation (a fantastic name for a pirate ship) arrive after following a map, they find they’ve arrived years too late. A dark force has reached out across time, a group of men who engineered their visit to help ensure Hawaii passes from self-rule to a state annexed by America. It is here the pace picks up as Nix tries to outwit the players to help ensure her own survival.
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The Girl From Everywhere is a delightful book that transported me to another time and place. From exotic India to present-day New York to late 1800s Hawaii, myth and magic are gently woven into this story along with the culture of a long-ago era and a far-away place.

I loved the maps and the fact that a drawing could hold so much power. I also loved the sky herring and a particular water dragon and that numbers had important meanings (sorry I’m being cryptic, but I’m trying not to include spoilers). And I loved brave, witty Kash.

I surfaced at the end and it felt like coming back to earth from a place and time I can only dream to visit myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously rendered 12 April 2016
By Riley Redgate - Published on Amazon.com
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Believe the hype. This book is magnificent. Expect to taste the sea breeze, experience the sway of the ocean, and feel every possible emotion.

For a book whose concept screams EPIC, with a time-traveling pirate ship, a star-crossed romance spanning centuries, and expansive historical detail, this book feels shockingly quiet and intimate. It's something in the treatment of the characters, I think; the unwillingness of the author to let any one person be one-dimensional or play-by-the-numbers. Heilig writes human beings with such compassion, it's not just as if you've known these people—it's like you've been these people.

This is never clearer than with the relationship at the heart of this novel, at least for me: the relationship between main character Nix and her father. He's an addict, both to the opium under his bed and the memory of the woman he loved and lost. And Nix—God, I love Nix. She's a young woman with quiet strength, resolve, wit, and resourcefulness, and the way she views her father is a pitch-perfect balance between hurt, frustration, resignation, and continued forgiveness:

"There is something terrifying about seeing someone strong standing on the edge of the abyss, like a ship on the lip of a whirlpool where the whole sea plunges into the maw of Charybdis. There is that moment when they reach out—like a drowning man will—and if you're within reach, they will pull you down with them. I didn't want to stand there beside him. I didn't want to be dragged down."

The businesslike relationship Nix has with 'the Captain,' her endless and understandable resentments, her desire to escape—it's all offset by this heartbreaking undercurrent of what there could be between them. Her father's smallest failings hit so hard, but every so often, you see how hard they're trying, how hard they're working, and often failing. Heilig has a rare gift for writing around the things we can't talk about, describing perfectly the mix of defensiveness, self-preservation, and hurt that divides people who love each other.

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE is full of tentative trust, and hope, and catharsis, and I adored it.

Okay, finally, let's chat romance for a second. Most of the books I read have romance, but unfortunately, I don't really swoon. I'm picky, and I rarely buy into romance. I have so little power to suspend disbelief—I can count the number of fictional couples who have made me feel actual emotions on two hands, I think. As for love triangles, I've never enjoyed them. Not once, ever. Until this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicarious Bookworm Reviews 8 March 2017
By Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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I’ve had this book sitting in my TBR backlist for quite a while, so when I realized the February theme for Diverse Reads 2017 was POC/Biracial/Multiracial Main Character/Lead, I had the extra excuse I needed to pick it up. And wow am I glad I did!

The characters are all really well-developed and multidimensional. Right away, I cared what happened to Nix (and disliked her father). I really enjoyed her as a character, especially how she feels more stable on the boat than on dry land. I also really enjoyed reading about Kashmir. He reminded me of a guy I was good friends with who inspired me to start learning Farsi, though I ended up putting that on the back burner. Their personalities are so similar that I felt like I already knew Kashmir before reading The Girl From Everywhere.

The world….well it’s a time traveling pirate ship. While it’s explained that the ship isn’t necessary, it does make things a great deal more convenient. For the majority of the story, the ship is docked in historic Hawaii sometime around the 1860s. The world building was very thorough and it was easy to imagine myself in it, even though I’ve never been to Hawaii.

The story is absolutely beautiful and flows very well, albeit in a strange pattern compared to what I’m used to. I have to assume this is because of the time travel that takes place throughout the story. It’s fun to put the little pieces together as Nix figures them out, but I did find myself often frustrated by her father’s refusal to answer any of her questions.

Regardless, the story is just complicated enough that it sucks you in. I had a book coma for days afterward. Honestly, I kind of still have it. Because time traveling ships plus mystery plus maps plus these characters just… there’s so much yes and it deserves all the stars.

I really enjoyed this gorgeous debut from Heidi Heilig and I can not wait to read more from her. Which, thankfully, I won’t have to wait long for because the sequel to The Girl From Everywhere comes out on 28 February 2017! Yes, that was me squealing with excitement. I regret nothing.

For this review and more, please visit my blog at Vicarious Bookworm.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and the things that lose beauty when we truly ponder the terrible tradeoffs of choice 21 February 2016
By Roshani Chokshi - Published on Amazon.com
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Mindblowing. Heilig's prose can conjure a paradise worthy of the devil's envy, ancient tombs of emperors, and a deep feeling of time and place that makes me suspect whether Heilig herself is capable of time travel. The characters of TGFE were deep, and rich in motivation. This tale is about found homes and memory. Both the things in memory that gain beauty when we resurrect them in our minds, and the things that lose beauty when we truly ponder the terrible tradeoffs of choice.

I loved each character. I want to hang out with Nyx, sail to Carthage, feed Swag a dish of pearls, and learn how to move through the veils of time. I want to dance with Kash, and be called "amira" under a marvel of stars. I want to share a beer with Slate, Rotgut & Bee. And I'd like my portrait drawn by Blake.

This is a read I will return to again and again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written time travel fantasy 24 February 2016
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How can you be a "girl from everywhere" except, as Heilig presents, to be a time traveler? Nix has been many places, in many times, on her father's masted sailing ship, The Temptation. But she does not know how these travels, with a remarkable distinctive skeleton crew, might have effected historical timelines. Or what it might mean when her father achieves his goal: to prevent her mother's death in 1868 Honolulu.

A major strength of this novel is the author's facility with language. The descriptions are vivid, brimming with vibrancy. She is just as adept at the depictions of the core of this YA novel - the constantly changing relationships with adults for this coming-og-age girl.

This novel may not be every YA reader's cup of tea with its historical and literary references. However, Heilig has constructed an enchanting and powerful tale set in a wonderfully fantastical world that addresses the underlying theme for all adolescents - Who Am I?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but with some MAJOR plot holes 11 March 2016
By hollyanne - Published on Amazon.com
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Like several other reviewers, I found the story a bit slow going at first but once it hit its stride, it was a breeze to be taken along for the ride. Let me quickly run through the aspects of the book that I found enjoyable before covering some major issues (eg. plot holes). The banter between Nix and Kash was pretty entertaining, and I really appreciated that the author had taken the effort to weave several mythologies into the story, which imparted an element of mysticism that really suited the story. There were also some beautiful turns of phrase that made you (or at least, me) pause and linger over the page.

But there were some aspects of this novel that really made it hard for me to stay engaged with the story. I'll just focus on the 2 biggest issues here:
1) How the romance was handled - so much effort was spent on building up Kash as a character and love interest that it was frankly a massive let down that the heroine herself seemed to pay him so little heed, right up the the end. The scenes that were meant to be romantic were handled laconically, almost as if the author didn't want to write about it, or as if the heroine herself just didn't feel a strong attraction to one who was clearly meant to be a love interest.
2) PLOT HOLES - There were at least 2 plot holes that bugged me enough to mention here, because they REALLY affected my reading of the story. I imagine this would only be an issue for you as well if you're the sort of reader who needs logic in the story to remain intact in order for you to continue to suspend your disbelief and remain engaged. Obviously, SPOILERS are ahead so stop reading now if you haven't read the book yet! (And if you've read the book and feel that the following aren't plot holes at all, I'd love to hear your explanation on them. God knows I can't stand it when a story trips over the logic it established itself.)

* * * SPOILERS AHEAD * * *

Plot holes:
1) "54" as the solution to waking the terracotta army simply doesn't work if you happen to know how the Chinese numeric system works. When Nix figures out that the number 54 is the answer to waking the army, she inscribes the Chinese characters for "five" and "four" onto the general to denote "54". Problem is, the number "54" in Chinese is NEVER expressed by just combining the characters for "five" and "four". "54" is always expressed as "five-ten-four" and this "five four = 54" is a mistake that no native Chinese speaker (such as Joss) would ever dream of making. This is akin to someone trying to write "five-four" instead of "fifty-four" when trying to express the same number in English. There are other issues with how the Chinese is used as a key part of the plot within this story but the above was just the gravest mistake of them all that unfortunately killed my suspension of disbelief. For a story that tries so hard to be clever, this semantic issue is just that much more jarring since it was supposed to be a key point in the story. Again, this is probably only something that would irk someone who knows how to count in Chinese.
2) Time travel: time travel as a concept has always had the potential to break logic, so when introduced in a story it needs to be explained clearly so we know how it works within that story's universe. As another reviewer already mentioned, with the rules of Navigation laid out in the book, a very fundamental problem is that the characters are essentially just sailing into parallel worlds and getting further and further from reality with each turn of navigation they make. In Inception terminology, everyone is essentially going deeper and deeper into the next dream level, with no hope of ever going back to reality. The premise of a ship that can sail into any point in time - including mythical worlds - is cool if you don't think too hard about it but it gets trapped by its own rule, making all the events of the story just a shadow of reality and not reality itself.

All in all, given that it's a debut novel, I'd say it's worth 4-stars because clearly some serious effort went into it and I still enjoyed it as a whole despite the plot holes.